— For too long Illinois has been without a comprehensive, balanced budget that helps make life better for residents of all ages. The impact of this impasse has been felt across the state: from college students to working families and from older residents to social service providers – every population group has been affected by increasingly depleted services. AARP State Director, Bob Gallo, was a guest on Chicago TV station: WCIU-“You & Me This Morning” raising significant awareness about AARP Illinois ‘Enough …

— Moving forward with our Enough is Enough campaign mobilizing citizens across Illinois and encouraging them to hold elected officials – the Governor and the members of the General Assembly – accountable for the gridlock and demand they find long-term solutions and pass a budget that restores the fiscal health of our state.  AARP’s Illinois own Ryan Gruenenfelder was interviewed by the Illinois News Connection for the audio piece linked below. Ryan conveyed our key campaign messages right at the time …

— By Jackie Spinner Illinois’ continuing budget crisis put Joy Paeth in a bind. As chief executive of AgeSmart Community Resources in Belleville, which provides legal assistance, home-delivered meals and transportation services to older people in seven counties, she was finding it difficult to hire a key employee because of uncertainty over continued state funding. After a year without a budget, the state last summer finally approved a spending plan through the end of 2016 that allowed public schools to open …

— By Ryan Gruenenfelder   For too long Illinois has been without a comprehensive, balanced budget that helps make life better for residents of all ages. Since 2002, the Governor and the General Assembly have failed to pass a truly balanced budget. And for almost two years, the State has operated without anything beyond a ‘stop-gap’ budget.  This budgetary inaction has led to a current fiscal year 2017 budget deficit of somewhere between $5.4 billion to $7.8 billion, depending on whose …